One of the most significant drawbacks of WhatsApp Web is that your phone should always be connected to the internet. WhatsApp was rumored to bring in multi-device support that would eliminate the need for a phone. Finally, the multi-device support is now available on the latest Android beta. WhatsApp blog post mentions all the measures taken to maintain security.
After quite a few months of wait, WhatsApp has finally gotten around to adding a native fingerprint lock feature to its Android client. The company had rolled out a similar feature to its iOS client with Touch ID/Face ID support a few months ago. For Android, the feature is still in beta, though it should be rolled out to the public version soon.
WhatsApp has taken its own sweet time but it has finally added native fingerprint lock ability to its Android app. Right now, the feature is in beta but it should be rolled out to the Google Play version of the app within the next month or so.
Earlier this month, WhatsApp added stickers support to its platform. By default, WhatsApp has also added some of its own set of stickers, though it is also allowing developers and designers to release their own sticker packs. So, this means that one can add their own custom sticker packs to WhatsApp. The catch? The process is slightly more complicated than it should be and since sticker support was only just introduced, the marketplace is kind of empty.
WhatsApp has entered into a partnership with Google that will ensure all WhatsApp chat backups are not counted against Google Drive storage quota. With WhatsApp soaring in popularity in many parts of the world, the chat backup size has also increased exponentially for many users especially when one starts backing up their media files to Drive as well.
WhatsApp is built such that it works only with a phone number. This means you need to have active SIM card inside your phone which is verified by WhatsApp to use the messaging.
Back in September last year, WhatsApp announced the arrival of a standalone business app, testing out the service with a handful of merchants. Well, it’s here now, known as WhatsApp Business. This app helps businesses connect with customers in a more effective and efficient manner. This app is only available on Android for now and is expected to be launched on iOS soon.
A number of Xiaomi device owners are reporting that WhatsApp has suddenly stopped working for them. Opening the popular messaging client is showing an error that the installed version of WhatsApp is obsolete and urges users to head over to the Play Store to install the latest update of the app.
AndroidBeat Daily Brief (Sep 26, 2017): Google Extends Security Patch Timeline for Nexus 5X/6P, WhatsApp Banned in China
Welcome to another edition of AndroidBeat’s Daily Briefing where we highlight all the latest happenings in the Android world. Today, we talk about Google extending the security patch update timeline for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, new GPS chips coming to phones in 2018, and WhatsApp being banned in China.